How To: Chevron Stripes

So I’ve been a bit obsessed with chevrons lately. They’re just so darn preppy and pretty.

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But, I haven’t gotten around to incorporating any chevrons into our place…until now. I have this huge frame and the frame mat was looking a bit dull and boring. It needed a nice pop of color, and I knew chevron stripes would be perfect!

Now, I’m not gonna lie to you. This was a time consuming little project. But more tedious/mind-numbing work than difficult work. So I would suggest catching up on your favorite shows while making chevron stripes of your own.

So here is what you’ll need for this project.

SUPPLIES:

Painter’s tape (1 inch)
Paint
Paint brush
Ruler
Pencil
TOTAL COST: $0 (I already had everything)
That’s it! I’m guessing you’ll have most of this on hand…
Step 1:
Decide how big you want your chevron stripes to be. I opted to make 1 inch squares, horizontally and vertically across my frame mat. This way my stripes wouldn’t be too big…or too small. Draw lightly with your pencil.
Step 2:
Once you have all of your little squares set…you can start drawing your chevron pattern. Draw a line (using your ruler) from corner to corner across your first middle square. Kinda hard to explain, so use my picture as a reference.

Step 3:

Grab that painter’s tape and start taping my friends! You’ll need a ton of 2 inch pieces of tape, and then put them over your chevron lines, so they’ll stay white underneath.
This will take a bit of time. Easy, yet tedious work.

Step 4:
Now is the best part. Painting it! I mixed up a burnt orange color and went to town.

Step 5:

 I did 2 coats and let it dry overnight.  The next day, carefully peel off the tape.
Now, when I peeled off the tape and I ran into a small issue. The tape was so powerful it was peeling off the paper on the frame mat. Yikes! I went into “chicken little” mode (a.k.a. the sky is falling!) But with some patience, and a few touch ups of white paint, it turned out just fine!
I put in our “House Rules” that I created in Microsoft Publisher and had printed at FedEx Office for $.46.
I think it looks fabulous. But, the boy does say it looks like we’re now University of Texas fans with the burnt orange look. Oh well…Go Longhorns I guess!

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  • Jenny

    Love it Casey! To make it more tedious, it probably would be a good idea to use a pen knife to ensure the tape lines are perfectly square – but you only missed a couple of spots. Wish I has seen this before I attempted the same on an area rug! I didn’t think to use squares, just eye-balled it (OK, I was never great at geometry!).

  • Thanks Jenny! And yes a pen knife certainly would help. I would love to see your area rug…I bet it looks amazing!